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Welch W.P.,Lewin Group | Yang W.,Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development | Taylor-Zapata P.,Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development | Flynn J.T.,Seattle Childrens Hospital
Journal of Clinical Hypertension | Year: 2012

As a result of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Modernization Act and the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act, the number of medications with FDA-approved pediatric labeling has increased. To assess the success of these initiatives, we examined whether antihypertensive drugs used by children with hypertension in 2008 had FDA-approved pediatric labeling and indications. Using a nationwide commercial insurer database, 2915 children with primary (n=2607) and secondary (n=308) hypertension were identified. Drug user rate and days of supply were calculated from pharmacy claims. Drugs were categorized based on pediatric labeling and indication and whether they were recommended for pediatric use. Antihypertensive drugs were used by 889 (34%) children with primary hypertension and 200 children (65%) with secondary hypertension. User rates were 44.3% in hypertensive children younger than 6years, 30.9% in those 6 years to older than 12years, and 38.1% in those 12 years to older than 18years. Seven percent of drugs were neither labeled for pediatric use nor considered recommended for use in children. In children younger than 6years, 29% of drugs used were not indicated for use in that age group. Despite recent legislative initiatives, many drugs used by hypertensive children still lack pediatric labeling. Additional efforts are needed to close the gap between the availability of drugs that are labeled and indicated for pediatric use and actual drug usage in children. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc..

Jones I.W.,University of Manitoba | Hooker R.S.,Lewin Group
Canadian Family Physician | Year: 2011

Objective: To analyze the health policies related to physician assistants (PAs) and to understand the factors influencing this medical work force movement. Quality of evidence: This work combines a review of the literature and qualitative information, and it serves as a historical bookmark. The approach was selected when attempts to obtain reports or literature using customary electronic bibliography (PubMed, CINAHL, Google Scholar, EBSCO, and MEDLINE) searches in English and French, from 1970 through 2010, identified only 14 documents (including gray literature) of relevance. Reports, provincial documents, and information from developers of the PA movement supplemented the literature base. Main message: The historical development of the role of PAs in Canada spans 2 decades. There are now more than 250 PAs, most working in family medicine and emergency medicine. Enabling legislation for PAs has been formalized in Manitoba, and 3 provinces have recognized PAs in various policy statements or initiatives. Three universities and 1 military training centre have enrolled more than 120 students in PA programs. Retired PAs of the Canadian Forces, returning ex-patriot Canadians who had trained as PAs in PA programs in the United States, and American immigrants are working as PAs in Canada. Demonstration projects are under way to better understand the usefulness of PAs in various medical settings. Conclusion: For a public health policy enactment of this size and effect, the literature on PAs in Canada is sparse and limited. In spite of this, PA employment is expanding, family medicine practices are using PAs, and there is enabling legislation planned. The result will likely be increased use of PAs. Documentation about PAs, review of their use, and outcomes research are needed to evaluate this new type of clinician in Canadian society.

Sargen M.,University of Pennsylvania | Hooker R.S.,Lewin Group | Cooper R.A.,University of Pennsylvania
Journal of the American College of Surgeons | Year: 2011

Background: Based on the goals of health care reform, growth in the demand for health care will continue to increase the demand for physicians and, as physician shortages widen, advanced practice nurses (APNs) and physician assistants (PAs) will play larger roles. Together with physicians they constitute a workforce of "advanced clinicians." The objective of this study was to assess the capacity of this combined workforce to meet the future demand for clinical services. Study Design: Projections were constructed to the year 2025 for the supply of physicians, APNs, and PAs, and these were compared with projections of the demand for advanced clinical services, based on federal estimates of future spending and historic relationships between spending and the health care labor force. Results: If training programs for APNs and PAs grow as currently projected but physician residency programs are not further expanded, the aggregate per capita supply of advanced clinicians will remain close to its current level, which will be 20% less than the demand in 2025. Increasing the numbers of entry-level (PGY1) residents by 500 annually will narrow the gap, but it will remain >15%. Conclusions: The nation faces a substantial shortfall in its combined supply of physicians, APNs, and PAs, even under aggressive training scenarios, and deeper shortages if these scenarios are not achieved. Efforts must be made to expand the output of clinicians in all 3 disciplines, while also strengthening the infrastructure of clinical practice and facilitating the delegation of tasks to a broadened spectrum of caregivers in new models of care. © 2011 by the American College of Surgeons.

Villarivera C.,Lewin Group | Jain A.,Lewin Group | Zhang Y.,MedImmune | Goodman C.,Lewin Group
Health Affairs | Year: 2012

Diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes, is on the rise throughout the United States. Several national health organizations and professional medical societies advocate screening people in high-risk groups for diabetes. However, the US Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening only adults with hypertension. We examined evidence supporting screening high-risk adults, including studies using intermediate outcomes and modeling studies. We found a broad range of evidence of practical relevance to diabetes screening that merits consideration in developing new screening guidelines. This evidence could inform recommendations to expand coverage to screening of other high-risk groups and could facilitate the prevention and early treatment of diabetes. We recommend that the US Preventive Services Task Force consider these expanded sources of evidence and revise its recommendations accordingly. © 2012 Project HOPE-The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc.

Robison J.,University of Connecticut Health Center | Shugrue N.,University of Connecticut Health Center | Fortinsky R.H.,University of Connecticut Health Center | Gruman C.,Lewin Group
Gerontologist | Year: 2014

Purpose of the Study: Little is known about adults' future planning for long-term supports and services (LTSS), and no studies have examined how LTSS planning compares between Baby Boomers and their parents' generation. The primary aim of this study is to examine the potential influences of birth cohort and gender on LTSS planning. Drawing on Andersen's Behavioral Model of Health Services Use, birth cohort and gender are viewed as predisposing characteristics, and several additional predisposing, enabling, and need characteristics are included as independent variables. Design and Methods: Cross-sectional design; data obtained from a statewide survey of 2,522 randomly selected Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) and older adults (born before 1946). Results: Two thirds of respondents expected to need LTSS, but few reported saving for such services. Controlling for other independent variables, compared with older adults, Baby Boomers were significantly more likely to plan to move to an apartment, live in a retirement community or assisted living, and live with an adult child. Conversely, women were more likely than men to report planning to use specific LTSS such as homecare, but specific LTSS plans did not vary by birth cohort. Implications: Policymakers and providers should prepare for a shift in community planning to accommodate the changing plans and expectations of Baby Boomers, large numbers of whom plan to age in existing homes and retirement communities, or live with adult children, with increasing demand for informal family support. The LTSS industry should also adapt to meet the need for formal services, which will likely continue to grow. © 2013 The Author.

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